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Enjoy euro style al fresco dining with cuisines from all over the world with most restaurants also featuring skinny stairs cases that take you rooftop bars and basement dining.
Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street
This architecturally archetypal arcade features a mosaic tiled floor and a high arched glass roof. Home to specialty stores, cafes and the famous Hopetoun Tea Rooms which opened at the unveiling on the arcade in February 1892.
Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street Mall
The first arcade in Melbourne and the longest standing arcade in Australia, Royal Arcade has an impressive history. A design competition was held in 1868 to decide the design of the arcade, with architect Charles Webb declared the winner. The winning Italianate design features Gaunt’s Clock which is surrounded by the two statues of the mythical figures of Gog and Magog who strike the clock on the hour ever hour to this day
Eureka Skydeck, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank
View the city from on high. From 297m above the streets of Melbourne you can see all the way from the mountains in the east, across the city and out to the ocean. Try the edge experience to face your fear of heights or maybe even propose.
Federation Square, Corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street
An architecturally iconic city square, Fed Square, is bustling with activities and restaurants. It is also an ideal spot to sit on the steps on a sunny day and watch the city go by. Fed Square is also home to Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and the Melbourne Visitors Centre.
State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street
This beautiful building brings together Victoria’s history and was one of the first libraries in the world to be open to the general public. Established in 1854, it’s home to one of the best book collections in the New World, as well as a selection of magnificent historical mementos including Ned Kelly’s armour and James Audubon’s Birds of America.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Corner King Street and Flinders Street
Home to over 10,000 animals, from the adorable penguins to one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles. Adventure through various aquatic environs from mangroves to the ocean to rainforests.
Parliament House, Spring Street
See parliament in action or take a tour of the neoclassical building which was constructed between 1855 and 1929.
Queen Victoria Markets, 513 Elizabeth Street
A meeting point of the diverse cultures that make up this city, the Queen Vic Market is a Melbourne institution. With over 700 traders, Australia’s largest open air market is spread over two city blocks. The market is the most visited attraction in Victoria – attracting close to 10 million visitors each year.
On The River
Comprising of waterfront restaurants, shopping within the Southgate complex and many other attractions this bustling riverside avenue draws locals and tourists alike.
Head further along the river towards Docklands, the South Wharf precinct is filled with trendy new restaurants and bars. Also, if you are looking for a bargain, visit DFO for a plethora of factory outlet stores. Or see Polly Woodside, the three masted cargo vessel that circumnavigated the world 17 times.
River Tours & Cruises
See the city from the water from one of the many cruise operators or even a kayak tour.
Fitzroy Gardens, 230 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
26 hectares of green on the east of the CBD these gardens notably feature Cook’s Cottage and the conservatory.
Carlton Garden, 1-111 Carlton St, Carlton
On the north edge of the city, these gardens are home to Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building and are world heritage listed.
Museums and Galleries
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
Exhibitions range from dinosaurs and minerals and gems to aboriginal culture and the human body plus take the opportunity to see the latest IMAX release.
National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd
Featuring indigenous art as well as Australian and international collections, the NGVs permanent displays are wide and varied.
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
Located in the eastern suburbs, this museum of modern art also features a garden and sculpture park.
Arts & Theatre
Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road
Comprised of the State Theatre which is home to the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia and Hamer Hall which is home to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Regent Theatre, 191-197 Collins Street
Built in 1929, the theatre features high ceilings, mesmerising Spanish Rococo architecture, Juliet balconies, original chandeliers and 2,143 seats in which to marvel at the biggest productions that come to Melbourne.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street
Built in 1886, this 1,700 seat theatre has seen the likes of My Fair Lady, Cats and Doctor Zhivago grace the stage across it’s varied history.
Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street
The oldest continuous entertainment site on mainland Australia, this 1,488 seat theatre opened in 1854. The theatre is rumoured to be haunted by the friendly ghost of ‘Federici’ and a seat is left empty for him on the dress circle of every opening night.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, 101 Waterfront Way
See Melbourne from on high on this 30 minute flight around the wheel. The experience features views of not only the city but out towards Port Phillip Bay, Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges.
O’Brien Group Arena, 105 Pearl River Road
Fun for the whole family, take to the ice with public skating sessions run 364 days of the week. Perfect for beginners or seasoned skaters or those looking to get involved in ice hockey.
Etihad Stadium, 740 Bourke Street
This world class stadium is home to sport such as AFL and A league and concerts.
Harbour Town, 440 Docklands Drive
A blend of factory outlet stores and specialty stores spread across two levels of harbourside shopping,